Swag!

One of the strange (and rare) side benefits of blogging about urban container gardening is the occasional delivery of free stuff. Swag! In this case, six darling seed packets were slipped into POD’s mailslot, courtesy of Bartram’s Garden.Bartram's Garden SeedsIt seems only appropriate that on this, Philadelphia’s coldest day to date (or so it seems), a celebration of seeds should appear. With that and a tip of the hat to the Australian Open (go Clijsters!), POD presents:

Latuca sative (Tennis Ball Lettuce and Speckled Lettuce)
Barbarea verna (Winter Cress)
Coriandrum sativum (Coriander)
Pisum sativum (Prussian Blue Pea)
Atriplex hortensis (Red Orach, AKA Mountain Spinach)

While the Red Orach and Winter Cress will likely join the collection of edible Plants Out Front (POF just doesn’t have the same ring, does it?), the others will hit the dirt just as soon possibly possible. Especially exciting are the instructions on the Winter Cress which encourage impatient growers to “Sow in Fall for a crop of spicy greens that will last without protection until spring, or sow very early in the spring…” Already, notes for next year.

Check in for updates once the growing season commences — and by all means, check out Bartram’s collection of volunteer-collected heirloom seeds.

POD Had a Plan

Sure, it might be the tiniest bit early to be thinking about seeds, but snow’s on the ground and temps are plummeting.  And Plants on Deck has been dormant for far too long.

radish blossom
first they bloomed

These radishes began their journey nine months ago. They bloomed. They developed pods. They dried. They were husked. Over 300 seeds were rescued from the dried stalks of just two  radishes (a roseheart and a long scarlet). At last year’s prices those 300 seeds would have cost $37.50.

radish pods
POD pods

dried radish pods
dried radish pods
300 radish seeds
and that's 300+ seeds

(And a special thanks to bethysmalls for an adorable seed envelope.)